Six years after retiring from the sport, former quarterback Tim Tebow is making a comeback to the NFL as the veteran has inked a one year deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars, where he will be playing as a tight end.
The news of the deal was made official by the team themselves on Thursday. While there aren’t much further detail about the player’s contract with the franchise, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network revealed that the player will be wearing No 85 for the Jaguars.
A former QB, Tebow to transition to a tight end with the Jaguars
A native of Jacksonville, Tebow’s new stint will see him reunite with his former college football coach Urban Meyer, the present head coach of the Jaguars who has been aiming to make improvements in the team following their disastrous 1-15 record in the previous NFL season.
The 2007 Heisman Trophy award winner was a first round draft pick out of Florida for Denver Broncos in 2010, where he spent a year before moving to New York Jets in 2012. Later in 2013, Tebow switched sides to join New England Patriots, but only played in two pre season games for them before he was released.
Following a year gap, Tebow joined Philadelphia Eagles in April 2015, where he met the same fate, playing all four of the pre season games before being released by the franchise. Following his exit, Tebow switched to baseball and signed a minor league contract with MLB side New York Mets.
“I want to thank the Jaguars for the opportunity to compete and earn the chance to be part of this team,” Tebow was quoted in an official statement on the heels of the announcement of the contract, “I know it will be a challenge, but it is a challenge I embrace.”
“I am dedicated to taking the direction of our coaching staff and learning from my teammates. I appreciate everyone’s support as I embark on this new journey,” the player added.
Prior to Tebow, Jaguars have also roped in Trevor Lawrence, the Clemson Tigers quarterback who has been a sensation in the NCAA back in April.